Wednesday’s Theme Music

Thanks to Michael for posting. This is for you, Connie, just in case you don’t turn on the radio.

Michael Seidel, writer

I associate this song with Thanksgiving, and as it’s the day before Thanksgiving in America, I thought I’d proffer this humorous, mellow gem from nineteen sixty-seven.

Peace out.

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The Journey of a Thousand Miles (October)

…begins with a single step. As the year continues to march to its conclusion, this pedometer geek is hopeful that the challenge (of 1000 miles) will be met. During the month, another 80 miles was logged bringing the remainder down to 106 miles.

On the other hand, in the Million Mile Marathon in a Month challenge, this pedometer geek was overly optimistic and chose the goal of the ultra-ultra marathon, which was 100 miles, and came up about 19 miles short.

Even the number of steps (206,461) was a bit lackluster, averaging 6,660 a day. While it wasn’t the worst of the year’s monthly totals, it was close. The number of aerobic steps came to a total of 63,117 steps over the course of 23 days. Only four days of 10,000 steps were managed.

On the reading front, however, results were a little better. Ten books and one novella were read. Of them, two books were nonfiction. The rest were divided among various genres: mainstream, mystery, young adult (YA), and romance. Eight authors were new to this reader, and seven of the books were read in an e-book format.

The two challenges that this reader participates in continued. The quarterly set-it-yourself challenge (SIY), which began in October, has not gone too well. At this point, only one of the fifteen books chosen for this challenge has been completed.

The other challenge, the yearly pages-read challenge, however, is going much better. The goal of 40,000 pages is more than ninety percent complete with 36,199 pages read of which 2,464 pages were read in the month. With two months remaining, the goal should be achieved.

In October, the following books were read (completed):

  A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron *

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything  by Anne Bogel

Elegy for a Disease by Anne Finger

Over You by Christine Kersey

All Fired Up by Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy

Mischief by Tiffany Reisz

The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

No Time Like Forever by Zoe York

Her Loyal SEAL by Caitlyn O’Leary

Sealed With a Kiss by Leeanna Morgan

The reading material was less diverse than usual. Many of the novels and the novella were contemporary romances. There was one mainstream novel as well as one mystery in the mix. Two very different nonfiction books were read. One was a memoir; the other could be described as a self-help book.

Briefly, the books will be discussed. A Dog’s Purpose is the story of a dog who keeps dying before being reborn. With each life, the dog remembers the lessons of the precious lives as he tries to discover his purpose in life. One particular reincarnation is that of Bailey, who is a dog to a young boy, Ethan. Bailey believes that being Ethan’s dog is his purpose in life, but there is more to his lives than that.

Anne Bogel’s book is a unique self-help book about learning how to understand yourself and others through various personality types such as the Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, StrengthsFinder, and more. By understanding yourself and others, relationships may be strengthened and deepened.

Anne Finger’s memoir deals with her lifetime struggles with polio and its aftermath of post-polio syndrome during the changing culture of the Sixties. Interspersed with her life story is the history of the disease as well as various treatments inflicted upon the victims. It was an informative read and well researched.

Sue Grafton’s  Y is for Yesterday continued her Kinsey Milhone mystery series. In this one, a cold case is revived from twenty years earlier, and a current one returns to cause the private detective problems.

The rest of the novels were various contemporary romances, one of which was also considered YA. It was a second chance romance in Over You; All Fired Up was a romance with a former Army Ranger/budding entrepreneur who falls for a client. Reisz’s novella was a Halloween-themed erotic story, which is a spin-off from her Original Sinners series. Natalie Blitt’s YA romance followed two teens with a relationship built on the French language. Zoe York’s romance involves a fake relationship that turns real. The last two romances, Her Loyal SEAL and Sealed with a Kiss, have Navy SEALs as romantic leads. The former romance focused the SEAL in his role as protector whereas the latter focused on the man after his retirement from the service.

Based on these romances, there may be a new What-the-Tuck trends. Between the two romances with Navy SEALs and the Army Ranger, it appears that military special operations forces may be the new trend. This reader will be watching for more.

The asterisked title is from the SIY challenge.


Now, back to putting steps on the pedometer and finishing up the challenges set.










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The Mug

The mug…the other day, I finally, for the first time ever, used the mug. It was a present from my cousin Denny. We all received one from him along with other gifts from his sojourn to Hong Kong when he was serving in the Navy. It was during the Viet Nam War although his ship, a destroyer, apparently never went near the country, but I digress.

By we, I mean, my parents, my sisters, and I. Every mug was different, and yet the same. Each had our name on one side of the mug, and the other side sported a cartoon character of the times. I seem to recall that Dad had “Pa” and Mom had “Ma” from the Katzenjammer Kids comic strip. My sisters and I had various characters from the Peanuts comic strip. I think my sisters had “Sally” and “Violet.” Mine was hapless “Charlie Brown,” out in the baseball field waiting to catch the ball, or at least,  a reasonable facsimile of him.

For years, they were stored in the cupboard at my parents’ home and never used. They were too good to use; they were a precious gift; what if they were broken or chipped; none of the kids drank coffee or tea; there were lots of reasons, but the result was that none of us ever used them.

After some time, I moved away from home, never thinking to take the mug. Besides, it was in perfect condition, and all the reasons for not using it then still seemed valid. Yet, after my parents died, and my sisters and I were cleaning out our home and we all took our mugs to our individual homes. What happened to my parents’ mugs, I can’t say although I suspect they were never used, just like the Japanese coffee set Denny gave my Mom at the same time. That pristine coffee set was given back to him as a gift after their deaths, but I digress.

Several months ago, a dear writing friend talked about having dishes she rarely, if ever used, crystal that stayed in the cupboard except for special occasions, and she went on to say that she was going to starting using her finest dishes and crystal on a daily basis. I have to say that is when I started using my crystal wine glasses every day because she was right. Having those dishes and glasses sitting around gathering dust was not honoring the gift giver, nor was it the reason they were lovingly given, and frankly I love drinking my Riesling in a wine goblet now. It makes those happy hours spent with my husband a little more special.

Back to the mug, the virgin, unused mug, the mug given oh-so-long-ago…my husband made me tea in it the other day. He just grabbed the mug from the back of the cupboard, and I was exhilarated when I realized that this was the first time, that the reasons were silly, that life didn’t end. After more than fifty years, I think it was time. Since then, I have used it again just as it was intended all along.

Now, if at some time it breaks or chips, then it won’t be because it just fell off the shelf (and that has happened to me more than once), but lived the life it was supposed to have lived.

How many of us do the same thing? Keep everything in perfect condition, only to realize later how ridiculous it may be. My sons probably won’t want my crystal, nor will my nieces. I wonder if my parents ever used those mugs; I wonder if my sisters have. As for me, I intend to continue. Life’s too short.

fall afternoon…

Charlie Brown mug

christened with tea



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There are no more summer tomatoes

I didn’t write this, but loved the message of it. I think Jane has got it figured out. May I be as mindful as she.

Box o' Ducks

I read a text on “mindfulness” recently that suggested readers surround themselves with pillows at bedtime, and imagine the pillows are another person cuddling them. In another chapter, a reference to a woman who was cutting herself was included as an example of the healing potential of meditation.

Perhaps it’s the curse of a creative, or more likely, an experienced mind, that I felt immediately sad for those who were being counseled to personify pillows, as I am certain they would wake up to the reality of cool linen and soft stuffing rather than a human presence, and their loneliness would only intensify. I felt intense pain for the one who was harming herself, and was unable to purge her from my mind.

I reminded myself these examples were fictional scenarios (offered by a psychotherapist) and relegated them to my mental incinerator, where they were mercifully destroyed.

When I try…

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End Game

I did not write this, but I found it interesting and thoughtful. Certainly a different perspective…

Michael Seidel, writer

Lot of people are upset out there. They’re upset about this whole gay, lesbian, bi-, trans-, binary gender neutral thinking. They expostulate that it’s this simple: if you’re human, you’re either a man or a woman. If you’re a man, you have sex with a woman. If you’re a woman, you have sex with a man. Everything else is wrong; everything else is an abomination.

I laugh at that. They’re so absolute in their knowledge and beliefs. Many fall back to the idea that God (or Allah, or someone) created the two sexes, and it was written in the Bible or some other religious tome, or inscribed in rocks, or were whispered into ears, so, The End. There’s nothing to discuss. Two sexes make sense, because it’s all about procreation. Go forth and multiple.

Which is, you know, amusing. Did God finish, and say, “Okay, that’s that. What else can…

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Let’s Focus on Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

Great information, and sharing Drugopinions’ post.


November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  As a pharmacist, I am often asked how to best optimize medications for patient with Type 2 diabetes. There are many medications already available on the market, and there will be many more to be developed. But what I find odd, is that we haven’t spent enough time to focus on prevention, when we know Type 2 diabetes can be preventable.

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Friday’s Bumper Sticker

What more can be said? Oh yeah, check out the Huron Public Library (Huron, Ohio 44839) for a copy of 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code, published by Drinian Press. Only $ 6.00

What more can be said? Oh yeah, check out the Huron Public Library (Huron, Ohio 44839) for a copy of 44839: Poetry From a Zip Code, published by Drinian Press. Only $ 6.00

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